Boussole

Boussole

 

a strait between Simushir Island and the Brouton, Makairu, and Chernye Brat’ia islands in the Kuril Islands.

Boussole Strait joins the Sea of Okhotsk with the Pacific Ocean. It is 68 km wide and 1, 275-1, 750 m deep, with occasional drops to depths of 2, 225 m. Constant surface currents travel from the Pacific Ocean into the Sea of Okhotsk, but the deeper currents move in the opposite direction. There are strong tides in the strait. Boussole Strait was named in 1787 by the French navigator G. F. La Pérouse after the ship Boussole.

References in classic literature ?
"And I can visit the celebrated islands where the Boussole and the Astrolabe struck?"
They embarked in the corvettes Boussole and the Astrolabe, neither of which were again heard of.
"Commander La Perouse set out 7th December, 1785, with his vessels La Boussole and the Astrolabe.
Nor did he know it was the head of La Perouse, the doughty old navigator, who had left his bones, the bones of his crews, and the bones of his two frigates, the Astrolabe and the Boussole, on the shores of the cannibal Solomons.
L'interet supreme de la nation doit etre la boussole, qui nous aiguillera vers la lumiere[beaucoup plus grand que], rencherit-il, rappelant que [beaucoup moins que]les recommandations qui sanctionneront les travaux du panel seront une feuille de route a executer par tous les partenaires[beaucoup plus grand que].
C'est une direction a suivre, sa boussole interieure, un chemin enthousiasmant dans lequel peuvent s'inscrire vos petites comme vos grandes actions.
Un participant mentionne a cet effet que << les ateliers [lui] ont donne la boussole [dont il a] besoin dans [sa] vie.
His two ships Boussole and Astrolabe, after a visit to Sydney in the very earliest days of that town's establishment, were, as Lee puts it "last sighted hull down on the horizon--never to be seen by Europeans again" (they were finally wrecked on Vanikoro, a small island in the Santa Cruz group, a fact that remained completely unknown for many decades).
Analyse de 137 000 reponses a la Boussole electorate," Radio-Canada, September 19, 2018, retrieved from https://ici.radio-canada.ca/special/2018/boussole-electorale/langue-francais-souverainete-quebec-independance-pays-etat/index.html